started the IND
focus city to defend their turf and their WorldPerks frequent flyer base (#1 or #2 after the DTW
hubs). As the focus city was being built up, TZ
's CEO George Mikelsons claimed that NW
"slaughtered my baby" and forced TZ
to exit their hometown airport. At the time, NW
was seen as an aggressive competitor that drove LCCs out of their turf, so Mikelsons had a point.
After the DL
/NW merger, most of the P2P flying was dropped from IND
, with only the hubs (except CVG
) and certain focus cities staying. DL
did, however, open a Sky Club at IND
(which was originally to have been an NW
|Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):|
It should have been less ICN and more DTW north terminal, which is a nice facility but not nearly as flashy.
Bingo. The new terminal cost about $1 billion, and IND
could have had a modern, functional new terminal for between $300-500 million.